Lens Porn Monday!

(Mostly) every Monday I’ll talk about a lens I own or have used, and post some example shots I have taken with it. This week: The Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G Lens!

Sony 70-300mm G lens.Usually when talking about Sony’s long zooms, photographers traditionally refer to the 70-200mm f/2.8 G Master and f/4 G lenses. Now those are great lenses, and I look forward to owning them one day, however for now, I think the Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G lens is a really strong alternative. It can be had at a better price than the f/4, and a much better price than the f/2.8.

I was able to purchase mine used off of B&H for under $1,000 in great condition which makes this lens a more affordable option. Overall, I have been very happy with it, though I am always aware of its limitations — most notably its low-light performance. Read More …

Lens Porn Monday!

(Mostly) every Monday I’ll talk about a lens I own or have used, and post some example shots I have taken with it. This week: The Minolta Rokkor-x 50mm f/1.4!

Man, what a lens…

I absolutely adore this lens. First of all, I really enjoy shooting with 50mm. It’s great to throw it in your bag and run out the door, if you’re not sure what you want to shoot with. I take my camera with me to work almost every day in a rugged haversack that’s just big enough to carry it, and one or two lenses. Chances are, I’m taking a 50mm with me, and more often than not it’s probably going to be this lens — even over my “nifty fifty” Sony 50mm 1.8.

The second reason I adore this lens, is because I just love how it feels in my hands. I find, personally, that it makes my a7 perfectly balanced — as all things should be…

This was another lens that was given to my by my uncle in 2017.Overall, I really like the Minolta Rokkor manual lenses. They are amazing pieces of glass decades after they were made and sold.But let’s get into some of the nitty gritty of this particular lens. As usual, if you’re looking for a more technical breakdown of how it performs, with vignette charts for every f-stop, you’ll be able to find plenty of those elsewhere. I’m going to just talk about the pros and cons of it that are important to me. Read More …

My First Attempt at B-Roll

Well, I’m one step closer to vlogging, and while I don’t have unlimited funds, I also don’t want to push out just any old crap. I feel the best way to prevent that is to practice, practice, practice. In this case I was inspired by some of Peter McKinnon’s videos on the subject, so I wanted to take my first stab at B-Roll — especially 60fps conversion to 24fps in Premiere for smooth slow-motion. I used my Sony a7 and my trusty Soligor 21mm lens as a subject and found some silly royalty free vlog music. Tomorrow my a5000 arrives, so I could also add shots of the a7 recording or vice versa. I can’t wait to try capturing video in the field for future B-Roll. It was actually really fun to do this.

 

Lens Porn Monday!

(Mostly) every Monday I’ll talk about a lens I own or have used, and post some example shots I have taken with it. This week’s lens: The Minolta Rokkor-x 200mm f/2.8!

Sony A7 with Minolta Rokkor-x 200mm f/2.8 lens.

Sony A7 with Minolta Rokkor-x 200mm f/2.8 lens.

When I got into more serious photography a year ago, my uncle had given me his A7 camera. Along with it he had given me the Sony 50mm f/1.8 lens start with. However, he didn’t want me to just be able to hit AF and get a perfect shot every time. He wanted to ensure that I would have to work for a good photo, so he also gave me his collection of vintage Minolta Rokkor lenses. Being manual focus, these lenses would require me to think differently, and I was eager for the challenge. I would be the MANUAL LENS KING! MOAR BOKEH!!!!

Yeah right, I was absolutely terrified to even touch the friggin’ things… Read More …